About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Why composites?

Composites enable our everyday lives – in transport, energy, healthcare, defence, communications and leisure. Lightweight, strong, durable and adaptable, the unique properties of composites help us to design and make better products with less waste that last longer, helping us to address urgent societal challenges of sustainability and net-zero. Hugely versatile, they will also help engineers unlock the potential of digital manufacturing for greater and faster product innovation.

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Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.

People

Highly motivated and engaged teams

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People

To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.

 

Planet

Leading in sustainability for composites

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Planet

To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • ARRK join NCC as Affiliate Member

    The National Composites Centre (NCC) is delighted to welcome AARK as an Affiliate Member.
  • Five new Members join NCC

    The National Composites Centre (NCC) is delighted to welcome five new Members, including two from the Space sector.
  • Universal Digital Readiness: What are the building blocks we all need to push ahead?

    We have grand ambitions for digitisation - with its promise of faster production cycles, reduced waste and decreasing costs - but for many businesses the scale of transition required seems overwhelming. That’s why we are defining the building blocks of change - the capabilities that will enable every industry to push ahead and fast. Through the our work in the DETI programme at the National Composites Centre.
  • NCC develops composite structural systems for fuel cell retrofits in buses

    The National Composites Centre (NCC), in collaboration with Arcola Energy and advanced composites manufacturer, Permali, have developed a low-cost composite storage structure for hydrogen fuel cylinders that can be retrofitted to existing commercial buses, enabling the switch to a clean energy source and reducing the emissions of large vehicles in the UK.
  • DigiProp: Developing the next generation of composite propeller blades for turboprop aircraft

    The National Composites Centre has designed and manufactured a full-scale prototype of a propeller blade and its manufacturing system for turboprop aircraft using a novel process that’s never before been attempted in this application. It has shown real potential to have a high-volume cost saving.

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